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Reputation for comments?

Sometimes, comments to answers can add useful insight that helps improve an answer to a question. However, comment upvotes currently do not earn the commenter any reputation. Should this perhaps be changed, such that comment upvotes earn the commenter a small amount of reputation? (Say, +1.)

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marked as duplicate by Arjan, Tobias Kienzler, ChrisF, jzd, Pops Mar 11 '11 at 15:16

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@Arjan: Good points made over there. Also, the Pundit badge does kinda-sorta capture the intent of my suggestion, if only in a different way. Suggesting to close this question. – Michael Kjörling Mar 11 '11 at 12:14
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No, as more often than not comments just ask for thing (i.e. more code) in the question that a few people want too, so it gets up voted.

No one should get rep for asking for the obvious, also people who post funny comments tend to get a lot of up votes, I don't think the rep system should be polluted by this. It is first and foremost a professional network so we would be de-valuing the rep system if such a thing was implemented.

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It seems like there should be reputation rewards for great comments. A comment with 100+ upvotes contributes to the community and should therefore be rewarded. Even if it's something dumb like +1 reputation points for every comment with 100 upvotes; it's at least a gesture. Maybe 25=>1; 50=>5; 100=>25 ? Upvote this comment if you agree :-) – snekse Sep 4 '14 at 20:54
@snekse And downvote the comment if you disagree? – Michael Kjörling Sep 5 '14 at 8:09
@MichaelKjörling, good question. But what's being suggested is only a minor reputation boost for extremely valued comments. You might not find it so valuable, and thus not upvote it, but it seems unlikely that a comment would get 100 upvotes and there nevertheless be a significant number of people who think the comment is detrimental. (Hmm, then again, if the comment is just a joke that a lot of people like, it could easily deserve downvotes as well.) – Mars Jan 24 '15 at 5:04

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